2016 Piping Resolutions

With the new year just around the corner, many have taken it upon themselves to write resolutions. Some make it a point to exercise more or eat healthier; some promise to pursue their own procrastinated dreams. Others turn to seeking more intellectual stimulation, or propose more time spent with family and friends. While all these resolutions have their merits, as a pipe smoker, I suggest we all create our own "piping resolutions."

This can be anything from expanding your palette and trying new blends, to experimenting with different bowl sizes and shapes, to implementing new practices in your own rotation. For me, I'd like to really put Adam's recent article, "6 Habits Every Pipe Smoker Should Get Into," into practice. It may be a simple list, but just paying more attention to caring for my briars and improving my smoking experience in general is more than worth its weight in gold.

Of course, I have my own additions to this list as well, like adding an extra tin of something I'd like to cellar to each order, but it's important to keep these goals attainable. Trying every Virginia-based tobacco in the world during 2016 would be a pretty daunting task, for example. Instead, try something more attainable like Josh's Journey Through the G.L. Pease Blends series, where you select a particular series of tobacco you'd like to sample and compare each blend within the line.

If you're looking for some examples of piping resolutions, here are some of the ones we've come up with around the office:

Daniel Bumgardner

I'm going make it a point to apply my vulcanite stems with Obsidian Oil when I clean my pipes each week. I've struggled with oxidation in the past, and just taking better care of my briars in general is something I'd like to focus on in 2016.

Adam O'Neill

I would really like to purchase my first Gamboni this year. I've had my eye on one of his Belge shapes for a while now, but just never took the plunge.

Ted Swearingen

I've recently started using a Dunhill pipe cloth after each smoke. That's something I'd like to continue and maintain throughout 2016. I'm also going to try not to smoke full bowls, only packing 3/4 of the way full to better protect the rim.

Hadassah Hallman

My pipe resolution for 2016 is definitely going to be to expand my pipe collection. My goal is to obtain at least one new pipe a month. Hopefully, this is one resolution I am able to keep.

Calvin Miller

When it comes to my pipe, I've really need to admit to myself that ash is my nemesis. I've got to stop spilling it on EVERYTHING. Hopefully once I get my hands on a sweet Marte "311 KS" Savinelli, which should be coming out sometime in 2016, all that will change.

Eric Squires

I need to smoke more of things not Semois, because over the past year, roughly, I've hardly touched any other pipe tobacco. Unfortunately, this also means I've gotten out of practice with those others I used to smoke regularly, which itself creates a bit of a hurdle in getting back into them: pacing, packing, and what not.

Andy only asked for one resolution, but when people bother me I generally ignore them. Since he bothered me for one resolution, I'm ignoring that and giving him two. The second is: count my pipes. I no longer know how many I even own, their having become rather scattered. I'll find two in a drawer here and one under a book there (I was probably hiding that one from the cat), one or two in my car at any given time... but really I no longer know if I own a meager dozen or a hundred. I'm pretty sure it's closer to the former, but I could be wrong, and I should know these things. They are my pipes after all.

These goals are your own to create, but we'd really love to hear some of your piping resolutions. So feel free to comment below or reach out to us on social media using the hashtag #SPC2016pipe and share what you'll be smoking tonight, as well as some of your pipe-related goals for the coming year. Together, we can make 2016 a truly great one for pipe smoking.

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    • Dana from Jakarta on January 5, 2016
    • Hate to say this, but I need to thin my herds. So far there are 33 pipes, of which only 5 or 7 of them that I "know" how well they smokes. The rest are still hit and miss. My goal is to have 14-ish pipes daily pipes that are well-smoking :)

    • Bruce on December 14, 2016
    • This year I am going to get me a Dunhill pipe

    • Bruce on December 14, 2016
    • This year I want to get a Dunhill #5 shell briar pipe and a Savinelli Punto Oro Corallo 305

    • Scott on December 31, 2016
    • In 2017 I need to sell off some pipes that I'm not smoking and limit my new pipe purchases. It's a difficult task because I love the pipes I own. To me they are like pieces of art. If you're anything like me, when I see a pipe I like, I have to have it! That's where I need to scale back and let a few pass me by. I may give a few away to good friends who are getting into pipe smoking so they have a few more in their rotation too.

      I also want to set more time aside to enjoy a pipe on a weekly basis. With life being so busy and filled with so many obligations I often fail to sit back, relax and enjoy a pipe in solitude or with friends. I plan on enjoying more time piping it out on a consistent basis.

      Happy New Year to all the pipe smokers out there! Enjoy 2017!

    • Tom on January 4, 2017
    • I pray all the time for the Lord to protect me from myself. I love pipes. While I really like my 1970's Yachtsman byWeber. I also lean toward bent Bulldog designs. However if I see a design that fits me it matters not the designation. I can feel myself getting possessive. I know what I like when I see it. My friends say they have never seen me with a pipe that did not fit me. As a result I think I may be in love with this curse. Long live the beautiful pipes hobby. I am happy for and envious of all pipe artisans.

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